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Prince Albums From Worst To Best

By Brad Shoup / June 25, 2014 - 10:37 am
In baseball, the five-tool player is kind of a bullshit concept, but it connotes a particular beauty. The five-tool player hits for power, hits for average, throws well, fields well, and roams the basepaths like a guerilla warrior; when the term "five-tool" is deployed, it implicitly presents these skills as equally weighted. As the greatest… More »


Photos: Veruca Salt Reunion @ Mississippi Studios, Portland 6/22/14

By Miles Bowe / June 23, 2014 - 12:20 pm
This year, their original Veruca Salt lineup got back together. We already spoke to co-frontwomen Nina Gordon and Louise Post in their first joint interview in 17 years, and last night the band began what will be their first tour in just under two decades. Veruca Salt performed at the Mississippi Studios in Portland to… More »


Photos: NorthSide Festival (Denmark) 2014

By Miles Bowe / June 20, 2014 - 1:19 pm
The 2014 iteration of the Danish music festival NorthSide took place this past weekend and hosted a large number of exciting bands. There were the major rocks acts such as Arcade Fire, the Pixies, and the National, but there was a lot to be seen beyond that, too. There was Franz Ferdinand, Mount Kimbie, Roby… More »


The 50 Best Albums Of 2014 So Far

By Stereogum / June 17, 2014 - 10:39 am
Great music has come from just about every corner of the musical map this year, and on this list of our favorites of the year's first half, there's no real connecting thread. An ambitious all-over-the-place album from a big-money Nashville country mainstay is just as likely to rule as, say, a mixtape from a pair… More »


The 10 Best Sets At Bonnaroo 2014

By Ryan Leas / June 16, 2014 - 2:07 pm
It has to be a toss-up between Coachella and Bonnaroo as to which is our most iconic currently active American festival. Growing up in Pennsylvania, I found the earlier years of Bonnaroo somewhat mythic -- I had friends who would make summer trips down to the festival, and they talked about it like it wa… More »


Canada Got Peak Lorde At The Much Music Video Awards

By Tom Breihan / June 16, 2014 - 9:04 am
The Canadian music network Much Music is the station that employs Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham as a VJ, but it's still best understood as a more-local MTV analog, something that comes through pretty clearly if you look at the station's annual Much Music Video Awards show, which went down this past weekend. Despite it… More »


How To Dress Well’s “What Is This Heart?” Had A Spectacular Live Debut

By Miles Bowe / June 12, 2014 - 11:33 am
Last night in New York City, Tom Krell debuted most of the songs from "What Is This Heart?", the highly anticipated third album of his influential experimental R&B project How To Dress Well. Yet the most significant moment of the evening came from a throwback to one of the earliest songs of his career. Krell… More »


Rush Albums From Worst To Best

By Adrien Begrand / June 10, 2014 - 11:17 am
For a band that has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, whose streak of consecutive gold and platinum records is topped only by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, trying to nail down the exact reason why Canadian trio Rush is so adored by so many is never easy. Reviled by critics -- or… More »


Artists Portraits From Governors Ball 2014

By Stereogum / June 9, 2014 - 2:53 pm
This past weekend, New York City hosted the annual Governors Ball, whose 10 Best Sets we counted down for you right here. Photographer Luis Ruiz was on site to document the festival for Stereogum, and he managed to pull aside many of the artists in attendance to do some portrait shots before or after their… More »


The 10 Best Sets At Governors Ball 2014

By Ryan Leas / June 9, 2014 - 12:40 pm
I recognize this is an issue of taste, but Governors Ball 2014 was a little bit of a mixed bag for me. There were two headliners I loved, and they conflicted, and I had no interest in the subsequent four on Saturday and Sunday. After being impressed and surprised repeatedly on Friday, I had a… More »


Watch Grimes Debut “Go,” Her Song For Rihanna, At Governors Ball

By Chris DeVille / June 7, 2014 - 5:59 pm
Grimes promised three new songs at Governors Ball -- including one she and Blood Diamonds wrote for Rihanna (who passed on it) -- and that's exactly what she delivered. "David," "Sleepwalking," and "Go" were the titles of the new tracks. Billboard had this to say about the new stuff:… More »


BottleRock 2014 Sunday: Thee Oh Sees And Deerhunter Deliver Strong Sets For Small Crowds

By Ryan Leas / June 2, 2014 - 1:59 pm
It's not uncommon for a festival's last day to be something of a comedown. It's Sunday, and everyone's sunburnt and hungover and staring down the barrel of a work week -- the return to reality matched with the physical fatigue of having stood out in a field for three days. It takes a powerful and… More »


BottleRock 2014 Saturday: OutKast And Weezer Deliver The Hits, No Age Open For Smash Mouth

By Ryan Leas / June 1, 2014 - 3:38 pm
Every now and then, it's good to reorient your perspective. At any given more established or mainstream festival stocked with your usual indie mainstays, No Age wouldn't come across as too out there or jarring, but between BottleRock's semi-bucolic surroundings, laidback tone and pace, and generally more rustic or easygoing lineup (the band was playing… More »


BottleRock 2014 Friday: TV On The Radio Debut Three Songs, The Cure Get Cut Off

By Ryan Leas / May 31, 2014 - 3:19 pm
The second year of Napa Valley's BottleRock festival got off to a slow start yesterday, as a modest crowd milled around through some of the festival's lesser known acts. By the time TV On The Radio started off the evening, however, a more sizable group of fans had gathered to see one of the Brookly… More »


Panda Bear @ Warsaw, Brooklyn 5/18/14

By Colin St. John / May 19, 2014 - 11:08 am
UPDATE: You can download a fan recording of the concert at two-sails. Here's a sample:… More »


Foo Fighters Played A Surprise Show At New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Last Night

By James Rettig / May 18, 2014 - 2:46 pm
A few days ago, the Foo Fighters shared details about their upcoming new album: it's being recorded in eight different cities at famous studios and with musicians that are culturally important to wherever they are. One of those cities is New Orleans, where the band has been recording at Preservation Hall for the past couple… More »


Lykke Li @ The Apollo, NYC 5/15/14

By Claire Lobenfeld / May 16, 2014 - 11:03 am
A "pathetic fallacy" occurs when, in a story, nature reacts to a human emotion: when everything is going wrong and a character says something like, "At least it's not raining," and then BAM! it rains. Lykke Li, the current queen of heartbreak, had the opposite effect on New York City last night. A rainy morning… More »


Photos: Lily Allen @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 5/15/14

By Miles Bowe / May 16, 2014 - 10:50 am
Last night Lily Allen played her first show in the United States since 2009. The controversy spawned by her new material didn't stop her from selling out the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan, and being hospitalized for food poisoning didn't keep her from delivering a strong performance. We sent our photographer Luis Ruiz out to capture… More »


Watch Jack White & Neil Young Cut A Record On The Tonight Show

By Tom Breihan / May 13, 2014 - 9:39 am
Last month, Neil Young released A Letter Home, an album of old-timey covers recorded entirely in the straight-to-vinyl Voice-O-Graph booth at Jack White's Third Man compound. And last night, Young and White found an interesting way to subvert the whole musical-guest thing when they appeared on The Tonight Show. They brought the booth to Jimmy… More »


Aesop Rock Albums From Worst To Best

By Joseph Schafer / May 8, 2014 - 12:25 pm
In 2014 we appraise hip-hop on its forthrightness. Take, for example, the two front-runner Grammy-nominated hip-hop albums of 2013: Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid M.A.A.D. City and Macklemore's The Heist. Both albums, in different ways, present up-front opinions on the word we live in, be it the gangland problems still present in Compton or the bigotry… More »


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